Why do you need eye drops before cataract surgery?

You will also be given eye drops to help dilate your pupil to allow the surgeon a good view of the cataract. Other eye drops anesthetize the eye so you do not feel pain during the procedure.

Do you have to put drops in your eyes before cataract surgery?

Do I have to take eye drops before cataract surgery? You will begin taking eye drops about 2 days before cataract surgery. There are three types of drops: an antibiotic and two anti-inflammatory medications. We will ask you to take each of the three drops starting 3 days before surgery.

How many eye drops do you need for cataract surgery?

The recommended drop schedule after cataract surgery is 1 drop twice a day in the operative eye for a minimum of three weeks. The Preservative Free Artificial Tears can be used up to 4 times daily or as needed for comfort.

What to expect at a pre op appointment for cataract surgery?

Your eye needs to be measured before the surgery so we can select the best intraocular lens (IOL) for you. If you have had laser vision surgery such as LASIK/PRK this will affect your eye measurements and you will need to bring these measurements with you to your pre-operative appointment.

What drops are used before and after cataract surgery?


Administering eye drops in preparation for cataract surgery

What do they give you to relax you for cataract surgery?

Most cataract surgeries employ the following medications singularly or in some combination: midazolam, fentanyl, ketamine, and propofol.

Why can't you drink water before cataract surgery?

So why do you need to fast? Fasting before cataract eye surgery reduces the risk of stomach contents/acid going the wrong way down into your lungs while you are asleep.

Can you brush your teeth before cataract surgery?

Yes, it is ok to brush your teeth prior to cataract surgery. If you have been asked to fast prior to the surgery, you should use as little water as possible and try to not drink anything during or after brushing your teeth.

How long do you wear dark glasses after cataract surgery?

When do I have to wear the sunglasses (solar shields)? Wear sunglasses outdoors for one week after surgery. It is optional to wear them indoors.

How well will I see immediately after cataract surgery?

During early recovery, patients will be able to see, but not in clear, but rather, soft vision. Within 48 hours, many cataracts patients see significant improvement in their vision. It is possible that your vision could take one to two weeks to adjust and settle.

What happens if you blink during cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery patients often worry about what may happen if they blink during the procedure. Although this is an understandable concern, there is no need to worry. You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery.

Can you bend your head down after cataract surgery?

Limit Strenuous Activity

“High eye pressure can interfere with the incision before it fully heals,” says Eghrari. “Positions that put your head below your waist, such as bending over, can also increase eye pressure and should be avoided initially after surgery.”

What should you not do before cataract surgery?

You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything 12 hours before cataract surgery. Your doctor may also advise you to temporarily stop taking any medication that could increase your risk of bleeding during the procedure.

How painful is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.

Do you have to sleep face down after cataract surgery?

Sleep on your back or on the opposite side of the eye that was operated on to decrease your risk of infection and irritation after surgery. If you turn over in your sleep, your eye shield should help protect your eye from significant damage.

How long will I feel tired after cataract surgery?

After cataract surgery, you'll feel tired and want to rest for the remainder of the day. And if you still feel tired the next day, don't fight the temptation to get more sleep.

How many pounds can I lift after cataract surgery?

Though it may be quite tempting, don't try to lift anything that's over 10 pounds in the first week after cataract surgery. If you consider yourself a weight lifter, avoid this exercise for at least 5 weeks to be safe. Ask your eye doctor to confirm when it's safe to lift weights again after cataract surgery.

How long after cataract surgery can you shower?

You can take a shower or bath 24 hours after your surgery. Do not get water or soap in your eye. Keep your eye closed while you shower.

Do you wear your own clothes during cataract surgery?

Wear comfortable clothes and avoid cosmetics.

You'll be given a gown to wear over your clothes and will not need to get changed for the procedure. Avoid wearing any makeup, perfume or cologne, aftershave, spray-on deodorant, or hairspray to the surgical center.

Can I wash my hair the morning of cataract surgery?

During the day you do not need the shield, but we ask that you do not rub the eye. Once the shield has been removed you are safe to take a shower and wash your hair once you return home from our office on the day after surgery.

Do you wear your shoes during cataract surgery?

You can wear your own slippers or clean shoes. The surgeons ask that you do not wear any make up to theatre. This increases the risk of getting an infection in your eye.

What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?

A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.

Should I keep my eye closed after cataract surgery?

Keep Your Eyes Protected

But, don't discard the shield as it must be worn while sleeping for 4-5 days post-surgery. Be aware that you may experience distorted vision for a few minutes after the shield is removed. The new, artificial lens has to adapt to the light around you and may take a few hours to dissipate.

Are you fully asleep during cataract surgery?

Typically, patients are awake during cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (where you are “put to sleep”) and enables Our Doctors to communicate with you during your procedure. You will be given an oral medication prior to the procedure to help you relax during your surgery.

Are you lying down or sitting up for cataract surgery?

The patient sits upright or semi-recumbent, and the surgeon sits or stands, facing the patient. The microscope is rotated forward, and surgery is done via an incision in the lower half of the cornea, using topical intracameral anesthesia.